|Spiders! (Strange and wonderful)|
Author: Pringle, Laurence
An introduction to spider species from all over the world.
School Library Journal (00/09/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2017 From the pictures of alien-looking spider faces to the descriptions of different species using their silk in uncommon ways, this guide to spiders has something for everyone. Illustrated using watercolor and pencil, the text introduces spiders through discussions of their scientific classification, anatomical features, senses, predatory weapons (webs, venom), means of defense, life cycles, and benefits to humankind. Pringle addresses the common fear of these creatures both directly and indirectly, offering the reassuring viewpoint that people who take an interest in spiders will find them more fascinating than frightening. The page on classification includes an unusually clear table explaining the concept, using a particular species as an example. Appearing on every page, precise, detailed pictures of spiders illustrate the text with precision. A two-page painting of a spider surrounded with short discussions of its main body parts makes it easy to spot those features. One of the most interesting and informative books in Pringle and Henderson’s consistently fine Strange and Wonderful series, here’s an excellent choice for science collections. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 Gr 3–6—A well-crafted book full of realistic illustrations and lively scientific text that tackles the sometimes misunderstood spider. Written in a friendly conversational style, Pringle begins by reminding readers that they are probably not alone in their arachnophobia, but fear not: "As you read these words, there is probably a spider nearby…These spiders want nothing to do with you. To them, you are a huge, dangerous monster. Your spider companions just want to go on with their quiet, amazing lives." This is followed by numerous facts about spiders, including classification, body parts, and information about their silk and webs. Most notable about the work is the harmonious relationship between text and image. A discussion on how spiders conserve their venom is accompanied by an illustration of a spider's jaw with the poison duct, fang, and venom gland identified. Some pictures are drawn to actual size, while others are larger than life. The opening page explains that the title has been reviewed by a senior scientist from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Additional information is also provided in the back for further study. VERDICT An excellent STEM resource for school and public libraries that need to add to or update collections on spiders.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.